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Hundreds attend funeral services for state Rep. Alfred Williams

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

With deepest sympathy and the utmost respect, hundreds of family, friends and fellow elected officials Monday remembered the life of Rep. Alfred Williams. 

A viewing was held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. It was followed by a funeral service at the Living Faith Christian Center on Winbourne Avenue. He was laid to rest at Roselawn Memorial Park. 

Leaders like Mayor Kip Holden and state Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, spoke at the funeral. There were so many people waiting to speak that each person has a 3:00 time limit to express their condolences.  

62-year-old Jesse Chase grew up with Williams. They were childhood friends in North Baton Rouge. Like hundreds more, Chase was not missing Monday's service for the world. 

"He was respected by everybody," said Chase. "He was always about helping somebody, to bring them up to where they need to be at."

Monday's services were also a time for celebration. Family, friends and colleagues celebrated the life and legacy of a public servant who by all accounts that were expressed, did great work. 

"Very simply put, Alfred Williams was a good man," said East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore. 

"Alfred always wanted to make a difference," said Holden.

"He never walked away from a challenge," said Rep. Smith.

Rep. Smith and Williams' niece each touched on perhaps his greatest passion: serving children. 

"That was Alfred, never backing down and always looking out for his people," said Rep. Smith.

"Friends of his nieces and nephews, children in the community, he was uncle Alfred to all of them," said Genetha Turner, Williams' niece.

Williams, 64, passed away Tuesday night after complications from knee surgery.

He had been a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives since 2011. He represented District 61 in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Williams recently called for an investigation into the Department of Children and Family Services after a malnourished 15-year-old was found living in horrible conditions on July 8.

He graduated from Capitol High in 1969. He also graduated from Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in 1972 and again from Southern Law School in 1977.

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